>January 30th 2010 : It is thus a special day for worship of Lord Muruga or Subrahmanya and is celebrated in a very grand manner at all Murugan temples, especially at the Six Battle Camps or ‘Arupadai Veedu’ of Murugan. Celebrated on 30 January 2010 (Saturday). ‘Thai’ refers to the tamil month and ‘Poosam’ refers the name of the star.
It is celebrated with great devotion in all Lord Muruga Temples especially at Palani Lord Dhandayuthapani temple and Arupadai Veedu Lord Muruga Temples. Special Chariaot pulling ‘Therottam’ is held on this day in Palani.
Sri Ramalinga Swami had became Jothi (Mukthi) on this day. IN vadalur temple it is celebrated as a remembrance.
Why we celebrate Thai Poosam
There was a demon named Tharakasuran who gave a lot of trouble to the rishis and saints. Lord Muruga was called by his parents Lord Shiva and Parvati and given the job of destroying the Asuran. Lord Muruga set off with the blessings of his parents to destroy the demon. He took with him twelve weapons, eleven of which were given by his father Lord Shiva and the ‘Vel’ given by his mother Parvati. Lord Muruga destroyed Tharakasuran on the Poosam Nakshatra day in the Tamil month of Thai and hence Thai Poosam is celebrated in all Murugan temples.
According to another legend, as Shiva was imparting a mantra to Parvati, Lord Muruga eavesdropped on them. For that error, Parvati laid a curse on him, in line with the rule that even a son, if erring, must be punished. To be redeemed from her curse, Lord Muruga offered hard penance at Thiruparankundram. Pleased with his penance, Shiva and Parvati appeared before him and lifted the curse. The day on which the curse was removed is Thai Poosam.
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